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    Salem State University
  Dec 14, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Education

Joseph Cambone, Dean
Cleti Cervoni, Associate Dean

The School of Education offers a wide variety of programs for individuals eager to have careers in public schools, early care and education centers, colleges and universities, and nonprofit, community-based education enterprises. Students range from “traditional” students coming directly from high school, students, career-changers, veterans, and people who are first in their families to attend college.

The School of Education continues to seek out and educate engaged students who are as diverse in their backgrounds, beliefs, and goals as are the citizens of the Commonwealth they will eventually serve.


Childhood Education and Care, Clarke Fowler, Chairperson  

Secondary and Higher Education, Allan Shwedel, Interim Chairperson  


Our Mission

The mission of the School of Education is to develop inquisitive, reflective and culturally responsive teachers and leaders who value collaborative professional communities and whose practice engages students in transformative learning.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Education

  • Early Education and Care
  • Educational Studies

Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Teacher Licensure Degrees (4+1)

The 4+1 program offers education majors a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree with initial licensure to teach in Massachusetts public schools in either:

  • Early Childhood Education (grades prek-2)
  • Elementary Education (grades 1-6)

This program offers the option of earning a second initial license in Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages by completing six additional courses over three consecutive summers within the program.

Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Programs with the Teacher Education Minor (4+1)

Students who major in the listed content areas also have 4+1 program options leading to a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree with initial licensure to teach in Massachusetts public schools in:

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Theater Arts
  • Visual Arts

This path also offers the option of earning a second initial license in Special Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages by completing six additional courses over three consecutive summers within the program.

Educational Studies Minor

Students in any major outside of education can choose educational studies as a minor to explore an interest in our varied systems of education.

School of Education Student Support Office

In 2014, the School of Education opened the doors to its Student Services Center. This office, located in the Sullivan Building, room 304, serves the needs of students affiliated with School of Education. From advising and licensure questions, to MTEL (Massachusetts test for educator licensure) preparation, and even for a comfortable place to study between classes, the staff of this office is there day and evening to support students in their programs.

Programs in the School of Education

The Early Education and Care concentration is a four year program that leads students to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, Early Education and Care Lead Teacher certification, and extensive workplace experience across a range of early childhood settings. Upon graduation students will be ready to teach in private daycare and preschool settings. 

If students are transferring in to Salem State and are already EEC lead teacher qualified, the Salem State program can lead them to Director 1 certification. Additionally, focus areas allow for documenting expertise in leadership, literacy, early intervention, family integration and involvement, or early childhood policy.  

The Educational Studies concentration is a four year program that leads students to pursue a variety of career paths. With a heavy internship focus and coursework in grant writing, recruiting participant interest, and educational planning graduates are ready to pursue work in a variety of education oriented non-profit venues.

The 4+1 programs offer a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree for students in a wide variety of concentrations and content areas.

The combined bachelors and masters 4+1 in elementary and early childhood programs are designed to send expertly prepared, experienced teachers into our public school classrooms. Our programs combine intensive, early experiences in our partner schools with rigorous academic expectations.

During their first two years at the university, potential 4+1 early childhood and elementary education candidates are advised to complete their general education requirements, their required education support courses, and to make headway into their mandatory arts and sciences major.

Prior to February 1, spring of their sophomore year, all candidates for the 4+1 programs must pass the Communication & Literacy MTEL, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and obtain a work habits recommendation from a faculty member. Students who meet these standards will be invited to complete an on-demand writing sample and interview before a faculty panel. Students who are found eligible for the program will be informed by March 1 of their sophomore year.

4+1 programs are also available for students planning to teach a specific content or specialized area will complete a major in the in the field of knowledge for which the teaching license is sought, along with the minor in teacher education. 

Students in the 4+1 programs also have the option to take additional coursework to obtain a second license in special education or English as a second language.

Students accepted into the 4+1 program will, as part of their program, after passing all required MTELs, complete a full year of student teaching practicum experience.

Lifespan of Elementary and Early Childhood Education Licensure Courses

No education courses that are part of or required for either the early childhood or elementary teacher licensure course sequence may be more than seven years old at the start of a student teaching practicum.

Students who wish to appeal this policy may file an appeal with the chair and/or coordinator of their program.  Students who file an appeal should provide a course-by-course explanation of how they have kept current in the content area of each course (e.g., by working in a classroom that employs specific curricular approaches, taking professional development workshops, attending lectures, etc.).

Policy for Students Who Do Not Complete the Fifth Year of the 4+1 Pogram in Education

In unusual circumstances, a student enroleld in the combined BS/MEd program in education may petition the Dean of the School of Education to be awarded a BS in Education without the MEd and licensure endorsement.  If the student’s petition is successful, course substitutions in lieu of field-based courses may be recommedned and selected in consultation with the student’s program coordinator or chairperson.  In such cases, the minimum number of education major credits for the BS in Education is 36.